Medium Format Cameras:

Yashicamat LM

by Karen Nakamura



Overview and Personal Comments

The Yashicamat LM is a twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera that is basically a copy of the Rolleiflex. The LM added a "Light Meter" to the Yashicamat. For the era, that was very sophisticated. Using the text or images on this website without permission on an ebay auction or any other site is a violation of federal law.

The light meter reads in a light value scale from 0-10. You read off the number and then use the dial attached to the focusing know to convert to a shutter-speed and aperture combination. It's a bit clumsy but works. The coupled meters such as in the Yashica 44 LM was better.




Interesting quirks

The camera does not sport a cold-shoe for flash mounting! Instead you use an accessory shoe that mounts over the viewfinder.



Technical Details

Camera Name
Yashicamat LM
Place of Manufacture

Body: Japan

Date of Manufacture
1958.4 ~ 1962.4
Focusing System

Twin lens reflex

Fixed Lens

Taking lens: 80cm f/3.5 Yashinon (multicoated)
Viewing lens: 80cm f/3.5 Yashinon (multicoated)


Copal S-V
1 sec - 1/300 sec.

Metering System

Selenium cell mounted on camera body (above the lens ATL)
L V 0-10

Flash Mount

M-X switch
PC-cable attachment on front side

Film type / speeds

Type 120 film (medium format)
ASA 6-800

Battery type
Dimensions and weight
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About Yashica/Kyocera/Contax

The Yashica Corporation began making cameras in 1957, releasing its first model in 1958 (the Yashica 35). They produced a very well regarded series of twin-lens-reflex (TLR) medium format cameras under the Yashica-Mat brand and 35mm rangefinders under the Yashica Electro name. Yashica became a subsidiary of the Kyocera Corporation in October of 1983. For the next two decades, Kyocera continued to produce film cameras under the Contax marquee, including a very nice 35mm Contax SLR series (which used Zeiss lenses), a medium format system, and the Contax G1/G2 rangefinders (also with Zeiss glass).The Yashica name was only used for a small series of dental cameras and point and shoots. In March of 2005, Kyocera announced that it would cease production and sales of film and digital cameras under the Contax marquee. Thus ends 30 years of a wonderful camera line. The Contax name will most probably revert back to the Zeiss foundation, thus who knows what will happen in the future. Right now, the name "Yashica" appears to have been bought by a Chinese company for their inexpensive digital cameras.

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